Wings trade star Cambage to Aces
The Dallas Wings traded star Liz Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday for a package of two players and two draft picks.
The Aces send Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and their first two draft picks in 2020 to Dallas.
"We made a series of transactions today that I believe benefit our team now and, in the future," Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb said in a statement Thursday. "Since we began discussions around a potential deal in January, Moriah Jefferson and Isabelle Harrison have been the players we have sought to add to our team. While Moriah may ultimately decide to sit out the 2019 season, we are willing to wait for her first appearance in a Wings uniform. We believe she is an elite-level point guard and we are excited for her to join her hometown team and to be a key part of our organization for the foreseeable future."
Cambage, a 6-foot-8 Australian, told the team early this year that she wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Sparks but apparently expanded her list.
She finished second to Seattle's Breanna Stewart in the balloting for the league's Most Valuable Player award in 2018.
In Las Vegas, she will join 6-foot-4 A'ja Wilson to form a strong frontcourt. Wilson, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, won the league's Rookie of the Year award last season.
Cambage, 27, set a WNBA record last season when she scored 53 points in a game against New York. She averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
She has played just three seasons in the WNBA - she was with the Tulsa Shock in 2011 and 2013 - citing everything from travel conditions to low pay as the reason.
"I've said this many times: [The league] doesn't pay my bills ... playing here doesn't pay my bills," Cambage told ESPN last season. "We make more money overseas. I'm ready to have next summer off and focus on getting a European contract where it's 10 seasons here worth the pay."
Forbes reported in September that the average salary in the WNBA is less than $80,000 with the highest-paid players receiving $117,500.
The Aces open their season May 26 at home against the Sparks.
--Field Level Media
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